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“Che dura prova è tentar di greca aquila il dorso.” The Greek War of Independence and its resonance in Sicilian culture of the nineteenth century

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“Che dura prova è tentar di greca aquila il dorso.” The Greek War of Independence and its resonance in Sicilian culture of the nineteenth century

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12 March 2021

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The Greek War of Independence was supported from the very beginning by a vibrant wave of European solidarity. The philhellenic sympathy was manifest in various ways and had a concrete effect in the political and cultural sphere among the European countries, which on several occasions gradually turned their attention to the Greek world in revolt. Italy offers a privileged point of view for understanding the dynamism of philhellenism in 19th-century Europe. In particular, the analysis of the Sicilian case offers the opportunity to study the gradual ideological adaptation and the political evolution of philhellenic discourse. Through the detailed examination of the Sicilian periodical press and various kinds of publications, published on the island during the 19th century, there clearly emerge the ways and the levels of reception of the Greek Revolution by Sicilian culture and public opinion, from the dynamism of the first Greek insurrectionary years until the end of the 19th century. The Greek Revolution constituted an example to be followed. Firstly, the references to the Greek cause must be studied in relation to the particular regional context of Sicily as well as to anti-Bourbon and anti- Neapolitan sentiment that characterised Sicilian political life in the first half of the 19th century. Secondly, references to the Greek cause must be considered in relation to the broader cultural, political and social movement that promoted the Italian unification.

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